Adding to BJP’s woes, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has reportedly conveyed to the party leadership that he may not attend the national executive scheduled to be held on May 24-25 at Mumbai.
Modi, who is not on talking terms with the party president Nitin Gadkari, whose term will be renewed in the executive, has been sulking over the reinduction of Sanjay Joshi, his arch rival.
Joshi was brought into the party fold by Gadkari ahead of the assembly polls in UP. Joshi was removed as party organising secretary when a sex CD involving him came to surface in 2005.
“He is still upset and has asked for Joshi’s exit from the party but the president has not obliged him. He may skip the crucial meet to convey his displeasure,” a senior BJP MP from the state said.
Gujarat BJP spokesperson Vijay Rupani said, “You ask Narendra Modi whether he will attend the meeting. I cannot answer the question.”
If Modi does not attend the national meet, it will be the second time he will skip the meeting apparently because of Joshi's presence.
In Last October, Modi had skipped the meeting under the pretext that he did not go out of Gujarat during the Navratra festival.
Meanwhile, besides Joshi’s presence in the party, Modi is also disturbed by the outbursts of former chief minister Keshubhai Patel, who publicly said that “everybody is living in fear in the state.”
“In last one month, Keshubhai has been speaking against the state government on several issues. If he continues his tirade against the government headed by Modi, it will affect BJP’s prospects in the forthcoming assembly polls to be held later this year,” a senior party leader said, adding, Keshubhai belongs to powerful Patel community, which forms the backbone of BJP vote bank in the state.
It is learnt that Modi has conveyed to Arun Jaitley to dissuade Keshubhai from making remarks against the state government publicly.
In 2001, Modi had dethroned Keshubhai as chief minister of Gujarat.